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elT
JeffB_STR82DVD wrote:
Wow, I didn't realize GA had 43/18. That didn't seem like such a big game for him.


Rest of that team sucks. He has to work his ass off for every basket. And he hit 3 threes which is three more than he averages per game.
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deaner
Nurse Siakam Leonard Freddy Ibaka
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bozonic
Fantastic effort on defensive side ...great game to watch. Hope some gas left in tank for Pacers

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LX
Damn. Wish I had seen this one. My Spanish airbnb does not offer much hope for that. I’ll be thinking about Pascal dropping 30 while eating my churros this morning.
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elT
Raptors have played 22 road games and 41 games overall. Before the weekend is done, we'll be at 42 games.
Meanwhile, Bucks have played 38 games and just 16 on the road where they are mediocre 9-7. Yes, 16, six less than Raptors. They also played three games less, four before the weekend is over.
They've practically been at home, resting and practicing for most of the season. Less games, less travel. That naturally allows you to perform better and play more consistent basketball.

But the other side of that coin is, you've got some distance to cover now and travel the world a bit. Better be ready Bambi. Ten out of their next fourteen are on the road. Better be ready. Some hungry teams there. You needed that win last night, needed the breaker and cushion.

We meet again in exactly eleven games for both teams. For them, four of those will be at home. For us, six of those will be at home.

Our season ends with five out of seven on the road, so between now and then, we have a home heavy schedule that should allow for some nice practice time and rest. Includes a 6 game home stand that is split by All-Star break. If healthy, we should be able to improve a lot. And given how last night went, the the number one seed is our to lose. One perk for me, I wanna see Nurse coach the All-Star game. That would be cool.







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JeffB
elT wrote:
Raptors have played 22 road games and 41 games overall. Before the weekend is done, we'll be at 42 games.
Meanwhile, Bucks have played 38 games and just 16 on the road where they are mediocre 9-7. Yes, 16, six less than Raptors. They also played three games less, four before the weekend is over.
They've practically been at home, resting and practicing for most of the season. Less games, less travel. That naturally allows you to perform better and play more consistent basketball.

But the other side of that coin is, you've got some distance to cover now and travel the world a bit. Better be ready Bambi. Ten out of their next fourteen are on the road. Better be ready. Some hungry teams there. You needed that win last night, needed the breaker and cushion.

We meet again in exactly eleven games for both teams. For them, four of those will be at home. For us, six of those will be at home.

Our season ends with five out of seven on the road, so between now and then, we have a home heavy schedule that should allow for some nice practice time and rest. Includes a 6 game home stand that is split by All-Star break. If healthy, we should be able to improve a lot. And given how last night went, the the number one seed is our to lose. One perk for me, I wanna see Nurse coach the All-Star game. That would be cool.









Less games and they're ahead of us in the standings. That means they have three games in hand and lead the season series 2-1. They're the favorites to win the conference right now.
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elT
JeffB_STR82DVD wrote:


Less games and they're ahead of us in the standings. That means they have three games in hand and lead the season series 2-1. They're the favorites to win the conference right now.


This isn't standings watch but a look at the schedule and how Raptors had to play 6 more road games and 3 more games overall, in same amount of days.

If you wanna talk about favorites, watch the game from last night again. Our starters completely dominated. If there was just one decent bench performer the game would be a complete blow out in the third. And the biggest reason for that is health.

The only advantage they have so far, record wise, is that 2-1 series lead and one less loss. They gotta start playing on the road now, as I said, bunch of those coming up. If we win tonight, we are back in #1 seed by win percentage.
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Ball Don't Lie
We're getting through our beast of a schedule still at the top in the East. This team is a monster, and we're one tiny tweak off of the bench away from being in the GSW conversation IMO. We still lack shooting off of the bench, but it was nice to see our primary guys knock down shots tonight. 

Also, as I've said before and it was reiterated by ElT, the Bucks aint shit. Their gimmick offence isn't going to work in the playoffs vs the elite East teams. I can see BOS/IND beating them for sure, and possibly PHI if they learn to limit their turnovers, which seems unlikely at this point. 
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Raptorman
Raptorman wrote:
Raps have never been this low during this season.  Bucks have never been this high.

I smell a blood bath beating. I will be wearing my Raptors rain hoodie.


Should probably ban this guy of little faith. 
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elT
Ball Don't Lie wrote:
We're getting through our beast of a schedule still at the top in the East. This team is a monster, and we're one tiny tweak off of the bench away from being in the GSW conversation IMO. We still lack shooting off of the bench, but it was nice to see our primary guys knock down shots tonight. 

Also, as I've said before and it was reiterated by ElT, the Bucks aint shit. Their gimmick offence isn't going to work in the playoffs vs the elite East teams. I can see BOS/IND beating them for sure, and possibly PHI if they learn to limit their turnovers, which seems unlikely at this point. 


Not sure about GSW tier as they have another All-NBA player returning soon from injury and even without Cousins, their peak is insane. But that doesn't matter that much, if we get to the finals, I'll be happy to 'worry' about it then.

But that tweak you are talking about could very well come from within. If Powell's return to form holds, he'll have even better opportunity by being surrounded by better players once we are back in full health. He might not be a deadly shooter like Korver, but a cuisine isn't just one recipe

Glad we agree on the Bucks. I can see Miami beating them as well. Loads of wings, athleticism, length, discipline on defense + Whiteside and Adebayo to really make Giannis earn every basket at the rim. Bucks fans openly fear Miami and for a good reason. It will be interesting if they do something on the trade market. They should package whatever they've got to try and get a legitimate star guard to pair with Giannis and fill some of those voids. Bledsoe, Middleton, Brogdon simply aren't good enough and all three would be role players on a true contender not guys you have to depend on against top end competition.
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Rudy-T
Nice win. The starters were great. Each one of them. On the less positive note, the bench was very poor and outside Powell have been lately. OG is actually looking worse and worse. He hurts us both on defense and offense. At least CJ isn't getting minutes anymore. 

I think Nurse adjusted nicely last night after the second unit + Pascal got killed in first half and never put that kind of lineup in again. Moose, OG, Delon, Powel and Siakam is a horrible combination as there isnt really anyone who can shoot and that makes it so easy for opponents to collapse on drives by Delon, Powel and Siakam. 

But it might change a lot when JV and Lowry are back. Fred will be there in second unit to provide some shooting and JV is a threat down low who can create his own shot. 

Regarding the schedule. Our schedule is not really bad, but there aren't long "easy" stretches either before right in the end when we play 7 games against Bulls, NY and other non-playoff teams who at that point wont probably offer much resistance.

Bucks have 3 less games played than us and basically the same 3 less against west where there are only two bad teams and they have 6 more road games, I would say their schedule looks tougher. Indiana similarly. Philly also has more games against west and on the road left. Boston has played west as much as we, but have 3 less games (and three road games less than we).

Once we get Lowry and JV back and hopefully remain relatively injure free after that, we should have a slight advantage on the other teams. But within the top-5 the field is still totally open. I would really like the first seed as its likely to result in easier first round opponent and of course the home court on later phases. At the moment its looking very likely that the winner of east would also carry home court to finals as west is so tough and even. 

 
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